For Whose Excellence We Bear Witness

Week 31: #52 Ancestors – Favorite Name Week 33: #52 Ancestors – Tragedy By Eilene Lyon ho-ri-zon, n. 1. the line marking the apparent junction of earth and sky 2. range of outlook or experience. (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The Putterer’s 3rd great-grandfather bore the delightful name of Horizon Jewett Poor. His middle name was the... Continue Reading →

Daredevil

By Eilene Lyon A few months back I told my husband (70s and adventurous) that I planned to get him a Go-Pro for Christmas. “What for?” he asked. “So when they find your body, I can say ‘Oh, that’s how it happened!’” Fortunately, The Putterer’s latest adventure did not win him a one-way ticket to... Continue Reading →

Rascally Rabbit

Week 5: #52 Ancestors – In The Kitchen By Eilene Lyon Aunt Betty (Lyon) Dremann took the time to write her memoirs before she passed. I wish everyone would do that! However, she only wrote to the point where her sons were of the age to begin forming their own memories, as if her own... Continue Reading →

Watch Tower Wreck

Week 28: #52 Ancestors – Transportation By Eilene Lyon I just discovered that The Putterer and I both have an ancestor who died in a similar gruesome fashion: having legs severed by a railcar. Adding to the coincidence, both of these ancestors were German immigrants and their birth names were Carl. I’ve previously told the... Continue Reading →

A Father For Cyrus

Week #15: 52 Ancestors – Brick Wall Week #24: 52 Ancestors – Father’s Day By Eilene Lyon Since I’m not doing all 52 Ancestors prompts this year, what the heck, why not combine a couple? Sometimes breaking down a brick wall is just a matter of finding a piece that doesn’t fit properly. Remove it... Continue Reading →

Funny Money

Week 22: #52 Ancestors – Military By Eilene Lyon While labeling family photos recently, The Putterer came across some small bills in odd denominations: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents. They are called Military Payment Certificates (MPC) and they served as currency while he lived on base in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. I’d never... Continue Reading →

The Dynasty

Week 14: #52 Ancestors – Great By Eilene Lyon “The record of the Rockefellers in America is that of a vital, dynamic, active race, possessed of resourcefulness, shrewdness in business affairs, and executive ability. In some lines, too, they have been known for their imagination, love of beauty, and literary talents.” – Media Research Bureau... Continue Reading →

Three Generations

Week 3: #52 Ancestors – Namesake By Eilene Lyon This is the story of a granddaughter named in memory of the grandmother she never met. And of the woman between them who outlived them both. We’ll begin with Mary Frances Stephens, the young woman in the feature image above. She was the eighth of nine... Continue Reading →

Killarney Lady

Week 11: #52 Ancestors – Fortune By Eilene Lyon The Struss family may have hailed from Germany, but not their dogs. The Putterer’s grandfather, Carl F. Struss, bred Irish setters. One of them, Killarney Lady, achieved a tiny measure of fame. In 1937, she “whelped thirteen of the finest pups that any breeder could wish... Continue Reading →

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